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Graduate Program in Genetics Retreat and Recruiting Event

Students and faculty of the program will be convening at the Hilton Garden Inn on the Stony Brook campus from 11:00 to 5:30 on Friday, February 9, 2018.  Students will present posters of their work, and, following lunch, several faculty members representing the diverse research interests of the program will give overviews of their projects. The day will finish with presentation of awards and a reception.  The scientific sessions are open to the campus community.  This event is supported in part by generous funding from the Graduate Student Organization.

 

Doctoral Dissertation Defenses

Mansa Munshi

Mansa has completed her dissertation work in the laboratory of Dr. Maurizio Del Poeta.  She will present her findings to the public on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 2:00 PM in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.  Her talk is entitled 'The role of ceramide synthases in the pathogenicity of Cryptococcus neoformans'. Further details can be found in the flyer and abstract for her presentation.

Michael Klingener

Mike will present his dissertation research to the public on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 10:00 AM in Basic Science Tower Level 8, Room 180.  Mike's work, performed in the laboratory of Dr. Adan Aguirre, is entitled 'Cleavage of amyloid precursor protein by ADAM10 and BACE1 regulates oligodendrocyte development and central nervous system myelination'. A flyer and abstract provide details of Mike's presentation.

Rachel Caston

Rachel has been mentored by Dr. Bruce Demple and will present her dissertation research to the public on Monday, December 11, 2017, at 10:00 AM in Basic Science Tower Level 8, Room 180. Her dissertation is entitled 'Base excision DNA repair in the mitochondria of differentiated neuronal cells’, and details can be found in the flyer and abstract for her talk.

Meng Lin

Meng Lin (Lemon) will be presenting her dissertation work to the public on Friday, December 8, 2017, at 10:00 AM in Room N-503 Social and Behavioral Sciences. Lemon has carried out her research, entitled 'Elucidating the genetic architecture and evolution of quantitative traits in South African populations with genomic data', under the guidance of Dr. Brenna Henn.  Further details are available in the flyer and abstract for Lemon's talk.

Sai Zhou

Sai has been mentored by Dr. Aaron Neiman, Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology.  Sai will present her research on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at 9:30 AM in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.  The title of her dissertation is 'From internal transcription start site selection to altered protein products:  a systematic survey and a case study in budding yeast sporulation.’  Details are available in the flyer and abstract for her talk.

Sitapriya Moorthi

Sitapriya will present her dissertation work to the public on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 2:00 PM in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.  Sita was advised by Dr. Chiara Luberto, and the title of her presentation is 'Role and regulation of sphinogomyelin synthase in leukemia.' Further details can be found in the flyer and abstract for Sita's talk.

Reuben Hoffman

Reuben has been mentored by Dr. Aaron Neiman.  His dissertation is entitled 'Long-chain polyprenols promote spore wall formation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and he will discuss his results in a public lecture on Friday, July 28, 2017, at 2:30 PM in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.  A flyer and abstract contain details.

Nitin Shirole

Nitin carried out his dissertation research under the direction of Dr. Raffaella Sordella.  He will present his results on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 10:00 AM in Bush Auditorium at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in a talk entitled 'Role of truncating alleles of TP53 in tumorigenesis.'  A flyer and abstract are available for further details.

Yiyang Wu

Yiyang will hold a public lecture describing her dissertation work on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 2:00 PM in the auditorium at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Woodbury Genome Center.  The title of her talk is 'Toward precision medicine: from clinical genomics to induced pluripotent stem cell disease modeling.'  Yiyang was mentored by Dr. Gholson Lyon, and further details can be found in this flyer and abstract.

Miriam Fein

Miriam will discuss her dissertation work, carried out under the guidance of Dr. Mikala Egeblad at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 1:30 pm in the Hawkins Conference Room of the Wendt Building at CSHL.  The title of Miriam's dissertation is 'Cancer cell CCR2 orchestrates escape from the adaptive immune response.'  Further details are available in the flyer and abstract for Miriam's talk.

Jason O'Rawe

Jason has completed his doctoral studies under the guidance of Dr. Gholson Lyon at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Woodbury Genome Center.  Jason will present his dissertation research, entitled 'Toward Reliable Analysis of Individual Genomes', to the public on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 9:00 am in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.

Ioana Rus

Ioana will be presenting her dissertation work to the public on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm in the Szybalski Conference Room of the Carnegie Library at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  Ioana carried out her dissertation research, entitled ‘Harnessing redox regulation of protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B: a novel path to therapeutic design’, under the guidance of Dr. Nick Tonks.

Cara Moravec

Cara, who has been mentored by Dr. Howie Sirotkin, will be defending her dissertation, entitled ‘Maternal Rest/Nrsf regulates zebrafish behavior through snap25a/b’ on Tuesday, May 3rd.  The public lecture will take place at 2:00 pm in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.

Robert Wysocki

Bobby will present his dissertation research on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 10:30 AM in the Bush Lecture Hall at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  Bobby studied under the guidance of Dr. Mikala Egeblad, and his talk is entitled 'Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are induced by breast cancer cells to promote lung metastasis'.

Kaustav Mukherjee

Kaus will discuss his dissertation work, carried out under the guidance of Dr. Janet Leatherwood, on Friday, December 4, 2015, at 12:00 PM in Room 350 Life Sciences Building.  The title of his talk is 'Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation During Meiosis in Schizosaccharomyces pombe'.

Kimberly Bell

Kim carried out her dissertation project, titled 'Pair-rule Regulation of wingless Transcription in the Drosophila Blastoderm Embryo', under the guidance of Dr. Peter Gergen.  She will present her work to the public on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at 11:00 AM in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.

Sudipto Chakrabortty

Sudipto will present his work to the public on Friday, July 24, 2015, at 2:00 PM in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.  The title of his dissertation is 'Intracellular Transfer of Functional RNA through Extracellular Vesicles is a Medium of Communication Between Cells'.  His advisor is Dr. Thomas Gingeras.

Christopher Morales

Chris completed his dissertation studies under the mentorship of Dr. Joshua Rest. He will present his results, entitled 'Gene Regulation and Interaction in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Genome', on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at 12:30 PM in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.

Erik Lavington

Erik has conducted his dissertation work under the guidance of Dr. Walter Eanes.  He will present his research to the public on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at 10:30 AM in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.  The title of his talk is 'From Populations to Experiments: Finding and Testing Candidate Genes Based on Population Genetic Tests.'

Zunaira Shuja

Zunaira will deliver a talk based on her dissertation research on Monday, July 13, 2015, at 11:00 AM in Room 140, Level 5, Basic Science Tower.  Zunaira's advisor is Dr. Thomas White, and the title of her presentation is 'Genetic Alterations to Cx25 Causing Palmoplantar Keratoderma and Hearing Loss Modify the Biophysical and Channel Properties of Cx43.'

Emmanuel Asare

Emmanuel has completed his dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. Eckard Wimmer.  He will be presenting his work to the public on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 2:00 PM in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.  The title of his dissertation is 'Genetic and Structural Analyses of Poliovirus Protein 2C ATPase.'

Lifang Li

Lifang will present her dissertation research, conducted under the guidance of Dr. James Konopka, on Friday, June 12, 2015, at 1:00 PM in Room 038 Life Sciences building.  The title of her work is 'Identification of Novel Factors that Promote the Virulence of the Human Fungal Pathogen Candida albicans.'

Dong-Woo Hwang

Dong-Woo will present his dissertation work in a public lecture on Monday, June 8, 2015, at 2:00 PM in the Hawkins Conference Room (Rm #3514), Wendt Building, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  Dong-Woo's advisor is Dr. Alea Mills, and the title of his dissertation is 'Chromatin Remodeler Chd5 Regulates Neural Cell Fate through the Interplay with Histone Demethylase Utx.'

Jamina Oomen-Hajagos

Jamina will present her dissertation research to the public on Friday, May 8, 2015, at 2:00 PM in Room 180, Level 8, Basic Science Tower.  The title of her talk is 'The Function of pqbp1, a Causative Gene for Renpenning Syndrome, During Early Neural Development in Xenopus.'  Jamina's dissertation advisor is Dr. Gerald Thomsen.

Jia-Ray Yu

Jia-Ray has been pursuing his research under the mentorship of Dr. Linda Van Aelst.  He will present his dissertation work, entitled 'TGFbeta/Smad Signaling Through DOCK4 Facilitates Lung Adenocarcinoma Metastasis,' on Monday, March 9. 2015 at 12:00 PM in 2014 Samet Conference Room, Koch Building, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Diana Guimet

Diana, who has been conducting her research under the guidance of Dr. Patrick Hearing, will be presenting her work to the public on Thursday, November 21, 2014, at 1:45 PM in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.  The title of her dissertation is 'The Adenovirus L4-22K Protein Serves as the Master Regulator to Coordinate Late Gene Expression and Viral DNA Packaging.'

Fikri Birey

Fikri will be giving his public presentation on November 21, 2014, at 11:00 AM in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.  Fikri has pursued his research in the laboratory of Dr. Adan Aguirre, and his dissertation is entitled 'The Loss of NG2+ Glia-Mediated CNS Homeostasis in the Pathophysiology of Depression.'

Dun Li

Dun (Chuck) Li will present his dissertation work on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 10:00 AM in Room 145, Level 9, Basic Science Tower.  His research, conducted under the guidance of Dr. Ute Moll, is entitled, 'Pharmacological Targeting of Mutant p53 - HSF1 Feed Forward Circuit.'

Stephanie Izzi

Stephanie will be presenting her dissertation work, entitled 'Neural Correlates and Peripheral miRNAs Associated with Stress-Induced Telomere Shortening,' on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 1:00 PM in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.  Stephanie carried out her research in the laboratory of Dr. Turhan Canli.

Craig Garafola

Craig has completed his dissertation work under the guidance of Dr. Fritz Henn, and he will be presenting it to the public on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.  The title of his dissertation is 'Alteration in the Expression of a gamma-Protocadherin May Contribute to Susceptibility and Resistance to Learned Helplessness.'

Noah Levit

Noah, whose research mentor is Dr. Thomas White, will be presenting his dissertation work on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Room 180, Level 8, Basic Science Tower at 10:00 AM.  His dissertation is entitled, 'Inhibition of Pathological Connexin26 Hemichannels Implicated in Keratitis-Ichthyosis-Deafness Syndrome.'

Matthew Beymer

Matt will be presenting his work, conducted under the guidance of Maricedes Acosta-Martinez, on Monday, May 5, 2014, at 2:00 PM in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.  His dissertation is entitled 'The Role of Phosphoinositide-3 Kinase in Regulating Kisspeptin Neurons within the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Gonadal Axis.'

AnnMarie Torres

Annie will present her dissertation research to the public on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 2:00 PM in Room 038 Life Sciences Building.  Annie's advisor is Dr. Adrianus van der Velden, and the title of her talk is 'L-Asparaginase II produced by S. Typhimurium Inhibits T Cell Responses through Hydrolysis of Asparagine and Suppression of Metabolic Reprogramming.'

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